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Ice Fest

January 15 - January 16

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Come to the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium from Jan. 15 to Jan. 16, and enjoy Ice Fest.

Outside, guests can try snowshoeing, ice fishing in the port (ice-dependent), cross country skiing, catch an ice harvesting demonstration, or watch the River Museum’s snow carving team in action. A special Blizzard Bar will be set up in our plaza area with hot chocolate, smores’ kits, and spiked hot chocolate for those 21+. Blacksmiths will host demonstrations throughout the day, and a figure skating show will take place from 11-noon on Saturday.

Inside, Ice Fest attendees will have access to all exhibits within all three of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s buildings, including the 9,000 square foot River of Innovation Gallery and the new Do No Harm mini-exhibit. Kids’ activities and science demonstrations will dominate the second level of the Mississippi River Center.

Creature features, a themed scavenger hunt, a polar bear film in the Journey Theater, and vintage winter films on ice harvesting and skiing round out the indoor Ice Fest experience.

Youth are encouraged to wear snow gear due to the number of snow-related outdoor activities, including sledding. Masks are not required but are highly encouraged while inside the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.

To learn more about Ice Fest, visit rivermuseum.com.